Nutrition comparison of different millets


What are millets?

Millets are a very good source of nutrition, fibres, proteins and minerals like iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins. These are also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, certain amino acids and tryptophan.


What are the different types of millets?

The different types of millets are listed below—

  • Jowar (Sorghum) : Shorghum millets are most commonly known as Jowar in India. Previous was used only to make flat breads or rotis, but now people have started realising it’s importance. These are enriched with iron, protein and fibres. It helps in reducing cholesterol level due to the presence of policosanols. These are good for people who have an intolerance towards wheat.
  • Ragi (Finger Millets) : Ragi Or Finger Millets are rightly called the power house of nutrition. Every grain is loaded with protein and amino acids. It is gluten free and is very good for brain development in growing kids. It also keeps them active throughout the day.
  • Foxtail Millets : Foxtail Millets has carbohydrates which keeps a check on blood sugar level. Daily consumption of these millets improves your immunity since it contains iron and calcium. They are also very good for your bone.


  • Bajra (Pearl Millets): Pearl Millets are commonly known as Bajra and are known for their umpteen health benefits. They are rich in iron, protein, fibers, and minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
  • Barnyard Millets: Barnyard Millets are nutrient dense and has high fibre content. These are a rich source of calcium and phosphorus. Consuming Barnyard Millets daily helps in boan building and fighting bone diseases.
  • Prosto Millets: Prosto Millets, effectively helps in balancing blood sugar level. It has very low glycemic index and is being used as most common bird feed in India.
  • Little Millets: Little Millets are very rich in B Vitamins, minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. Little millets provides essential nutrients, which helps you to loose weight. It’s high fibre content makes it a healthy replacement for rice.


Which is the best millets nutrition wise

Though all the millets are nutritious and healthy but of them small millets or little millets are the best source of B vitamins, proteins, amino acids, fibres and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. These small seeds helps to keep away disease like anaemia, celiac disease and diabetes. After small millets comes finger millets. They have a great use in household in Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia. These are rich in protein and amino acids.

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